About Middle States Accreditation
The Mid-Atlantic Region Commission on Higher Education, doing business as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), conducts accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and any other geographic areas in which the Commission elects to conduct accrediting activities, including the evaluation of distance education. MSCHE accredits institutions across the United States as well as globally.
MSCHE is a voluntary, non-governmental membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. Because MSCHE is an institutional accreditor, they examine institutions as a whole rather than specific programs within institutions. Therefore, accreditation reviews examine all aspects of a university including: educational activities; student learning outcomes; resources (human, financial, physical, and technical); governance; administration; policies; admissions; student services; and assessment practices. MSCHE provides education, quality assurance, and other services to members.
An institution must be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education in order to be eligible to participate in Title IV (i.e., federal financial aid) programs, which include federal loans, grants, and work-study.
Carnegie Mellon was most recently reaccredited via its Self-Study Evaluation Visit in June 2018. The university was commended by MSCHE for its quality of work throughout the accreditation process. CMU’s next reaccreditation review occurs via the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2023.